PJ Harvey’s much-anticipated doco, A Dog Called Money, is finally being released today.
First screened at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2019, the doco was originally set for a March release but was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Today, the film finally sees the light of day, premiering via streaming service Maestro. A Dog Called Money will also be available to watch via New York’s Film Forum on December 9 before being given a wider release in the lead up to Christmas.
Directed by frequent Harvey collaborator and seven-time World Press Photo award winner Seamus Murphy, the doco follows the pair as they travel through Afghanistan, Kosovo and Washington D.C. between 2011 and 2014. Their experiences serve as the inspiration for Harvey’s critically acclaimed 2015 album The Hope Six Demolition Project.
The film itself features footage from the pair’s enlightening trip spliced with Harvey recording the album in a glass-box installation in London’s Somerset House. The doco also includes several songs that didn’t make the final album and is a fascinating look into the inner workings of Harvey in the studio as she writes and records while being viewed by the public.